Hannes Klar

Steven Porter

Published by Phantom Publications Inc
ISBN 10: 1586900374 / ISBN 13: 9781586900373
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Synopsis: The novel is a fictional story based on the life of a real person - a boy brought up in the reign of Hitler. He is a youth who became a Nazi paratrooper and killed many innocent people in World War II. The story follows this character's metamorphosis from Nazi killer to dedicated humanitarian.

From the Publisher: Sandy Whelchel (Author and Executive Director of the National Writers Association) - Why did the German people allow Hitler to do what he did? What was the thinking in Germany before and during World War II? These questions are answered in the powerful novel, Hannes Klar. Author Steven Porter takes his reader through pre- and post-war Germany, Switzerland and the United States with the experiences of his character, Hannes Klar. The question of why is answered in dozens of ways as Klar begins his young life wanting to be a soldier so he can march in the town parade and eventually becomes a pacifist. Young Hannes goes to a Hitler Youth Complex in Pirmasens and eventually becomes a paratrooper but his heart is never devoted to the cause. He sees the concentration camp at Dachau but isn't able to convince even his own father about what is happening. Injured and disheartened, he makes his way to Switzerland where he is able to realize his potential as an electrical engineer. His heart is never at peace and ultimately his life goes full circle. Hannes Klar is suggested reading for any student of history or mankind. A poignant read with many answers to age-old questions. Sandy Whelchel is the Executive Director of the National Writers Association. The author of six nonfiction books including two on writing and two novels, Hide & Seek released in April of 2006 and Check & Mate with a spring 2007 release date...

Joan Stockdale (Author and Book Review Specialist) - Hannes Klar's story is a brilliant piece of fiction based on a real person who became a friend of the author, providing memories from which this novel is written. A young German boy, Hannes Klar becomes a member of the Hitler Youth and soon becomes a Nazi soldier with no option but to perform the atrocities expected of him. Approaching adulthood, and the people he meets, gives a very clear and poignant portrayal of allegiances, and the wrong, which forces him to kill. The story begins in Moscow in 1991 during the August coup. Gorbachev is under house arrest, hard line conservative communists move their tanks to Yeltsin's Praesidium barricade. Hannes is sixty-seven, this first chapter concludes with his words, "I have seen this before." Back to 1937 when KIar is thirteen and living with his parents in Kaiserslautem, Germany, Hans is distraught watching Hitler's menacing tanks on parade in the streets of his home town. This piece of fine biographical fiction is full of excitement and trauma when Paratrooper Hannes Klar has to perform multiple killings having been dropped behind the Russian lines in the battle of Leningrad. He is inured, is a POW escapee, loses his parents, best friends, and subsequently whole families he knows are annihilated. He sees Dachau and later he marries a Jewish nurse who has escaped from Dachau. Throughout, the reader is keen to know more of the highly moving text, so exceptional and clever, intermingling with concise yet incredibly detailed, historical facts. All this I loved, and found too that the ever changing scenery, as a result of international travel, when KIar becomes a world renowned electrical engineer, to be awesome. He and his sweet wife, Anna, travel to Oundle, in England and Edinburgh in Scotland, and then America, plus later, and sadly on his own, back to Russia where we catch up with the initial chapter for a deathly winding up of a work of excellence. Steven Porter is a genius of characterisation which deems the reader friendship, or loathing, because KIar's life gives insight into lesser known facts and figures of 1937 to 1991. Interestingly too, I actually found tremendous enjoyment discovering a misunderstood perception of German people at that time. I do not give anything away when indicating that Hannes KIar's story proves that no one nationality is all good, but, nor is it. all bad. Ingenious conversation clips, accuracy, and feeling, together with a deep knowledge of subject matter, makes one sense the idiocy of the turmoil in the world today. An important attribute to this special book is its splendid production and striking cover. I cannot recommend this book too highly. It must surely rate in an all time best sellers' list.

Boston Standard - "Boston's Paul Mould Publishing is waiting to see whether one of its books is Hollywood-bound. Film studio Baldwin Entertainment, which produced the Oscar-winning Ray Charles biopic Ray, has shown an interest in novel Hannes Klar. Studio head Karen Baldwin has even drafted a character list to assess how many leading roles would be needed were the story to make it to the big screen. The novel is based on the real-life story of Herman Schmidt, a former member of the Hitler youth who became a paratrooper forced to kill many innocent women and children in Russia during the Second World War. Haunted by his actions Klar (as he is called in the book) decides to right his wrongs and helps a woman escape the Dachau concentration camp by taking part in a marriage of convenience. After the war the marriage blossoms into a true love affair until his wife is tragically killed by anti-abortion protestors who storm an American clinic she is working in. Looking for a fresh start Klar then finds himself reliving his past in Russia as Yeltsin's tanks roll in. Again looking to redeem the past Klar takes up arms for a cause he believes in before sacrificing his own life for his beliefs. The story was penned by Dr Steven Porter of Pennsylvania, one of several American's on the company's roster. Paul Mould, owner of the publishing company, said: "It's a very tragic story, but would make a good film. "Karen Baldwin has shown a lot of interest but it would be at least 18 months before any work on making the film began."

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Title: Hannes Klar
Publisher: Phantom Publications Inc
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